When you are trying to get in on the health game, one of the things you need to be doing is avoiding eating empty calories.
Well, before we get into that let’s discuss what empty calories are. Typically, these are foods that are basically empty in important nutritional values and in addition, these calories can really rack up quick. They don’t offer your body much, say most fats and added sugars. These foods only offer in targeting your belly, hips, and thighs to get bigger.
Some empty calories even claim to be dense in energy. When talking about food, energy actually means calories. So, the calories you eat are turned into energy fueling your body. Foods filled with energy have a lot of calories (or energy, as discussed) in a relatively little volume.
Empty calories are not as obvious as other foods. When you’re munching on that muffin, food manufacturers won’t be showing you the 5 teaspoons of fat in that muffin or when you’re ordering your favorite go-to coffee, you wouldn’t even be knowing you are already downing a drink that has at least 8 teaspoons of sugar.
One of the things you need to be avoiding are sugary drinks. When you think about it, these aren’t just sodas and coffee, but you have to be looking at sweetened teas and fruit drinks as well. Don’t forget to also take note of candies, syrups, and preserves. Avoid fatty foods such as chips, fries, and fatty salad dressings – these mostly fall in the empty calories category. Cakes, cookies, and other pastries are also filled with sugar and fat.
These empty calories fill you up and take up space in your stomach really quickly, which isn’t good because you might not be getting the important and healthy nutrients your body needs.
In order to avoid empty calories, gravitate towards food filled with nutrients and are low in calories. Think fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. They are delicious, nutritious, filling, and the calories are not too much.